The longstanding mythology of the British Raj is starkly and severely incorrect. during this dramatic revisionist heritage, Jon Wilson upends the conscientiously sanitized photo of team spirit, order, and good fortune to bare an empire rooted way more in violence than in advantage, way more in chaos than up to speed. Following the lives of directors, squaddies, and subjects—both British and Indian—this compelling narrative strains Britain’s rule, from the East India Company’s first transactions within the 1680s to Indian Independence in 1947. the result's a narrative of continuous clash and lasting legacy: The Raj was once the main public demonstration of a state’s skill to venture energy faraway from domestic, and its perceived luck was once used to justify not just British but additionally American interventions world wide within the years that undefined. difficulty was once, the tale of benign British triumph in India used to be a gently concocted fiction, right here completely and absolutely debunked.
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